This Week In Food: Iger joins alt-dairy and the German startup that wants to chat with the food minister

This Week In Food: Iger joins alt-dairy and the German startup that wants to chat with the food minister

By
Nicola Spalding
October 23, 2020

In This Week In Food's major news: iconic Disney's ex-CEO Bob Iger joins alt-dairy startup Perfect Day as a new board member and German startup the Nu company has been trying to get the Minister of Food's attention to talk about sugar and single-use plastic taxes.

And it’s that special time of the year when everyone starts looking into their crystal ball and forecasting trends for 2021. Now, we want to hear from you - our readers. What food and food tech trends do you think will take off or emerge in 2021?

👉 Let us know here and we’ll include your inputs (with credit) into an upcoming article. Don't be shy.

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  • 🍔🥛Improbable: For the first time, consumers will be able to purchase and cook Impossible Foods products at home, as its burger patties are now available in 200 retail outlets across Hong Kong and Singapore, with plans to expand into China. The brand also unveiled its latest project: a plant-based milk which is identical to dairy, just another step on its journey to make the impossible possible. It’s in direct competition with alternative dairy brand Perfect Day, who just got a new boss: Bob Iger, former Chief Exec at Walt Disney. The brand’s dairy replacement is made from a protein cultivated from mushrooms.
  • 🇨🇳 Dao Foods revealed the first four Chinese plant-based startups to receive support from its Incubator Initiative, created with the goal of scaling up the alternative protein sector in China and bringing it to the mainstream.
  • 🚀 Israeli cultured meat startup Aleph Farms is continuing with its mission to grow steak in space, as part of its plans to build resilience in food security on Earth...and beyond. Closer to home, the alternative protein market in Latin America is booming, and the industry could bring 19 million new jobs to the region, alongside a host of other benefits.
  • 📢 Taking on the government: German startup Nucao has been trying to get the German Minister of Food, Julia Klöckner's attention to talk about sugar tax and single-use plastic tax - Their approach? Everything from giant posters to social media posts. But according to the startup, the ministry declines a conversation. Instead, the food minister's PR team has been frantically deleting hundreds of Instagram comments 🤷

  • 🎃 Hallo-winning: It’s a really weird time right now, so we thought we should share that a gentleman in Minnesota grew an award-winning 2,350lb pumpkin and named it Tiger King. Most 2020 thing we’ve ever read.
  • 🌱 Vegan snack brand Outstanding Foods is launching a range of chef-crafted snacks which boast the nutrition of a full meal, made from a mix of vegetables which covers way more than your five-a-day. Also, plant-based meat brand Heura just announced it has developed the world’s healthiest burger, with over 85% less saturated fat than beef. And if you’re in the UK, the first official vegan butcher shop, Rudy’s Vegan Butcher, will be opening in London on November 1st.
  • 🤖 Some companies are using technology to tackle the issue: Simbe Robotics announced the Tally 3.0, the latest iteration of an autonomous grocery robot which monitors store product levels and detects misplaced items, to minimise loss and waste as well as allowing better informed stocking decisions. Hong Kong startup IXON Food Technology is working on a method of food preservation which would allow meat to be shelf stable for up to two years. Dutch startup Greencovery’s systems help food manufacturers recover valuable compounds from their side streams, instead of writing them off as ‘waste’. The most advanced of these is a banana flavour recovered from vinegar production. Mind blowing!
  • 🛍 Digital groceries: Online retail behemoth Alibaba announced it is forking out $3.6Bn for a controlling stake in Chinese grocery chain Sun Art. Online grocery shopping is predicted to grow to $250Bn by 2025, and this move means that Sun Art customers will have larger selections and faster deliveries.
  • 🤝 Instacart also announced its partnership with ALDI to make its online grocery services more accessible to lower income customers by allowing them to pay using their Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits.
  • 📈 What's up: Low and no alcohol is a big trend, and now Diageo is launching an alcohol-free version of Guinness, after a four-year development process. In the same week, Bacardi unveiled plans to launch a 100% biodegradable spirits bottle in 2023, as part of its plans to eradicate single-use plastic from its portfolio of brands.
Written by
Nicola Spalding

Nicola is a trends analyst and content writer based in West Yorkshire. She has ten years' experience in UK and international retail, including a stint as a trend and innovation specialist for Morrisons supermarkets. A born foodie who loves words, it made sense for her to start writing about all the exciting things happening in food.

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In This Week In Food's major news: iconic Disney's ex-CEO Bob Iger joins alt-dairy startup Perfect Day as a new board member and German startup the Nu company has been trying to get the Minister of Food's attention to talk about sugar and single-use plastic taxes.

And it’s that special time of the year when everyone starts looking into their crystal ball and forecasting trends for 2021. Now, we want to hear from you - our readers. What food and food tech trends do you think will take off or emerge in 2021?

👉 Let us know here and we’ll include your inputs (with credit) into an upcoming article. Don't be shy.

Subscribe to our Weekly News:

Weekly Digest

  • 🍔🥛Improbable: For the first time, consumers will be able to purchase and cook Impossible Foods products at home, as its burger patties are now available in 200 retail outlets across Hong Kong and Singapore, with plans to expand into China. The brand also unveiled its latest project: a plant-based milk which is identical to dairy, just another step on its journey to make the impossible possible. It’s in direct competition with alternative dairy brand Perfect Day, who just got a new boss: Bob Iger, former Chief Exec at Walt Disney. The brand’s dairy replacement is made from a protein cultivated from mushrooms.
  • 🇨🇳 Dao Foods revealed the first four Chinese plant-based startups to receive support from its Incubator Initiative, created with the goal of scaling up the alternative protein sector in China and bringing it to the mainstream.
  • 🚀 Israeli cultured meat startup Aleph Farms is continuing with its mission to grow steak in space, as part of its plans to build resilience in food security on Earth...and beyond. Closer to home, the alternative protein market in Latin America is booming, and the industry could bring 19 million new jobs to the region, alongside a host of other benefits.
  • 📢 Taking on the government: German startup Nucao has been trying to get the German Minister of Food, Julia Klöckner's attention to talk about sugar tax and single-use plastic tax - Their approach? Everything from giant posters to social media posts. But according to the startup, the ministry declines a conversation. Instead, the food minister's PR team has been frantically deleting hundreds of Instagram comments 🤷

  • 🎃 Hallo-winning: It’s a really weird time right now, so we thought we should share that a gentleman in Minnesota grew an award-winning 2,350lb pumpkin and named it Tiger King. Most 2020 thing we’ve ever read.
  • 🌱 Vegan snack brand Outstanding Foods is launching a range of chef-crafted snacks which boast the nutrition of a full meal, made from a mix of vegetables which covers way more than your five-a-day. Also, plant-based meat brand Heura just announced it has developed the world’s healthiest burger, with over 85% less saturated fat than beef. And if you’re in the UK, the first official vegan butcher shop, Rudy’s Vegan Butcher, will be opening in London on November 1st.
  • 🤖 Some companies are using technology to tackle the issue: Simbe Robotics announced the Tally 3.0, the latest iteration of an autonomous grocery robot which monitors store product levels and detects misplaced items, to minimise loss and waste as well as allowing better informed stocking decisions. Hong Kong startup IXON Food Technology is working on a method of food preservation which would allow meat to be shelf stable for up to two years. Dutch startup Greencovery’s systems help food manufacturers recover valuable compounds from their side streams, instead of writing them off as ‘waste’. The most advanced of these is a banana flavour recovered from vinegar production. Mind blowing!
  • 🛍 Digital groceries: Online retail behemoth Alibaba announced it is forking out $3.6Bn for a controlling stake in Chinese grocery chain Sun Art. Online grocery shopping is predicted to grow to $250Bn by 2025, and this move means that Sun Art customers will have larger selections and faster deliveries.
  • 🤝 Instacart also announced its partnership with ALDI to make its online grocery services more accessible to lower income customers by allowing them to pay using their Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits.
  • 📈 What's up: Low and no alcohol is a big trend, and now Diageo is launching an alcohol-free version of Guinness, after a four-year development process. In the same week, Bacardi unveiled plans to launch a 100% biodegradable spirits bottle in 2023, as part of its plans to eradicate single-use plastic from its portfolio of brands.

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In This Week In Food's major news: iconic Disney's ex-CEO Bob Iger joins alt-dairy startup Perfect Day as a new board member and German startup the Nu company has been trying to get the Minister of Food's attention to talk about sugar and single-use plastic taxes.

And it’s that special time of the year when everyone starts looking into their crystal ball and forecasting trends for 2021. Now, we want to hear from you - our readers. What food and food tech trends do you think will take off or emerge in 2021?

👉 Let us know here and we’ll include your inputs (with credit) into an upcoming article. Don't be shy.

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Weekly Digest

  • 🍔🥛Improbable: For the first time, consumers will be able to purchase and cook Impossible Foods products at home, as its burger patties are now available in 200 retail outlets across Hong Kong and Singapore, with plans to expand into China. The brand also unveiled its latest project: a plant-based milk which is identical to dairy, just another step on its journey to make the impossible possible. It’s in direct competition with alternative dairy brand Perfect Day, who just got a new boss: Bob Iger, former Chief Exec at Walt Disney. The brand’s dairy replacement is made from a protein cultivated from mushrooms.
  • 🇨🇳 Dao Foods revealed the first four Chinese plant-based startups to receive support from its Incubator Initiative, created with the goal of scaling up the alternative protein sector in China and bringing it to the mainstream.
  • 🚀 Israeli cultured meat startup Aleph Farms is continuing with its mission to grow steak in space, as part of its plans to build resilience in food security on Earth...and beyond. Closer to home, the alternative protein market in Latin America is booming, and the industry could bring 19 million new jobs to the region, alongside a host of other benefits.
  • 📢 Taking on the government: German startup Nucao has been trying to get the German Minister of Food, Julia Klöckner's attention to talk about sugar tax and single-use plastic tax - Their approach? Everything from giant posters to social media posts. But according to the startup, the ministry declines a conversation. Instead, the food minister's PR team has been frantically deleting hundreds of Instagram comments 🤷

  • 🎃 Hallo-winning: It’s a really weird time right now, so we thought we should share that a gentleman in Minnesota grew an award-winning 2,350lb pumpkin and named it Tiger King. Most 2020 thing we’ve ever read.
  • 🌱 Vegan snack brand Outstanding Foods is launching a range of chef-crafted snacks which boast the nutrition of a full meal, made from a mix of vegetables which covers way more than your five-a-day. Also, plant-based meat brand Heura just announced it has developed the world’s healthiest burger, with over 85% less saturated fat than beef. And if you’re in the UK, the first official vegan butcher shop, Rudy’s Vegan Butcher, will be opening in London on November 1st.
  • 🤖 Some companies are using technology to tackle the issue: Simbe Robotics announced the Tally 3.0, the latest iteration of an autonomous grocery robot which monitors store product levels and detects misplaced items, to minimise loss and waste as well as allowing better informed stocking decisions. Hong Kong startup IXON Food Technology is working on a method of food preservation which would allow meat to be shelf stable for up to two years. Dutch startup Greencovery’s systems help food manufacturers recover valuable compounds from their side streams, instead of writing them off as ‘waste’. The most advanced of these is a banana flavour recovered from vinegar production. Mind blowing!
  • 🛍 Digital groceries: Online retail behemoth Alibaba announced it is forking out $3.6Bn for a controlling stake in Chinese grocery chain Sun Art. Online grocery shopping is predicted to grow to $250Bn by 2025, and this move means that Sun Art customers will have larger selections and faster deliveries.
  • 🤝 Instacart also announced its partnership with ALDI to make its online grocery services more accessible to lower income customers by allowing them to pay using their Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits.
  • 📈 What's up: Low and no alcohol is a big trend, and now Diageo is launching an alcohol-free version of Guinness, after a four-year development process. In the same week, Bacardi unveiled plans to launch a 100% biodegradable spirits bottle in 2023, as part of its plans to eradicate single-use plastic from its portfolio of brands.

In This Week In Food's major news: iconic Disney's ex-CEO Bob Iger joins alt-dairy startup Perfect Day as a new board member and German startup the Nu company has been trying to get the Minister of Food's attention to talk about sugar and single-use plastic taxes.

And it’s that special time of the year when everyone starts looking into their crystal ball and forecasting trends for 2021. Now, we want to hear from you - our readers. What food and food tech trends do you think will take off or emerge in 2021?

👉 Let us know here and we’ll include your inputs (with credit) into an upcoming article. Don't be shy.

Subscribe to our Weekly News:

Weekly Digest

  • 🍔🥛Improbable: For the first time, consumers will be able to purchase and cook Impossible Foods products at home, as its burger patties are now available in 200 retail outlets across Hong Kong and Singapore, with plans to expand into China. The brand also unveiled its latest project: a plant-based milk which is identical to dairy, just another step on its journey to make the impossible possible. It’s in direct competition with alternative dairy brand Perfect Day, who just got a new boss: Bob Iger, former Chief Exec at Walt Disney. The brand’s dairy replacement is made from a protein cultivated from mushrooms.
  • 🇨🇳 Dao Foods revealed the first four Chinese plant-based startups to receive support from its Incubator Initiative, created with the goal of scaling up the alternative protein sector in China and bringing it to the mainstream.
  • 🚀 Israeli cultured meat startup Aleph Farms is continuing with its mission to grow steak in space, as part of its plans to build resilience in food security on Earth...and beyond. Closer to home, the alternative protein market in Latin America is booming, and the industry could bring 19 million new jobs to the region, alongside a host of other benefits.
  • 📢 Taking on the government: German startup Nucao has been trying to get the German Minister of Food, Julia Klöckner's attention to talk about sugar tax and single-use plastic tax - Their approach? Everything from giant posters to social media posts. But according to the startup, the ministry declines a conversation. Instead, the food minister's PR team has been frantically deleting hundreds of Instagram comments 🤷

  • 🎃 Hallo-winning: It’s a really weird time right now, so we thought we should share that a gentleman in Minnesota grew an award-winning 2,350lb pumpkin and named it Tiger King. Most 2020 thing we’ve ever read.
  • 🌱 Vegan snack brand Outstanding Foods is launching a range of chef-crafted snacks which boast the nutrition of a full meal, made from a mix of vegetables which covers way more than your five-a-day. Also, plant-based meat brand Heura just announced it has developed the world’s healthiest burger, with over 85% less saturated fat than beef. And if you’re in the UK, the first official vegan butcher shop, Rudy’s Vegan Butcher, will be opening in London on November 1st.
  • 🤖 Some companies are using technology to tackle the issue: Simbe Robotics announced the Tally 3.0, the latest iteration of an autonomous grocery robot which monitors store product levels and detects misplaced items, to minimise loss and waste as well as allowing better informed stocking decisions. Hong Kong startup IXON Food Technology is working on a method of food preservation which would allow meat to be shelf stable for up to two years. Dutch startup Greencovery’s systems help food manufacturers recover valuable compounds from their side streams, instead of writing them off as ‘waste’. The most advanced of these is a banana flavour recovered from vinegar production. Mind blowing!
  • 🛍 Digital groceries: Online retail behemoth Alibaba announced it is forking out $3.6Bn for a controlling stake in Chinese grocery chain Sun Art. Online grocery shopping is predicted to grow to $250Bn by 2025, and this move means that Sun Art customers will have larger selections and faster deliveries.
  • 🤝 Instacart also announced its partnership with ALDI to make its online grocery services more accessible to lower income customers by allowing them to pay using their Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits.
  • 📈 What's up: Low and no alcohol is a big trend, and now Diageo is launching an alcohol-free version of Guinness, after a four-year development process. In the same week, Bacardi unveiled plans to launch a 100% biodegradable spirits bottle in 2023, as part of its plans to eradicate single-use plastic from its portfolio of brands.